30+ Stylishly Spooky DIY Halloween Decorations

These aren't the cheesy DIYs you're used to spotting.

With these homemade decorating ideas, you can celebrate the scary season without sacrificing sophistication. Plus, get more great Halloween crafts!

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halloween pennant banner
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Hang a Banner.

Skip the traditional orange decor in lieu of another hue (millennial pink, anyone?) and the result is surprisingly chic. Round out the fireplace with a DIY pennant spelling out "Happy Halloween" — or another message from beyond the grave.


What you'll need: black cardstock ($8, ), black ribbon ($10, )

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casa watkins living
Display a Jar.

Even though apothecary jars have been around for awhile, we've never seen this festival fall spin before. Fill it with bright orange leaves to make a vibrant statement.

What you'll need: apothecary jar ($18, ), artificial leaves ($3 for a 100-pack, )

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halloween entryway decorating idea
Brian Woodcock
Add Some Shadows.

The entryway mirror is the perfect starting point for party decorations. Thanks to handy glue dots, eerie silhouettes can greet guests when they first walk in.

What you'll need: black cardstock ($8, ), glue dots ($4, )

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James Baigrie
Fill Up the Hearth.

Sure, the front stoop might be your go-to spot for jack-o-lanterns, but don't forget about the inside. Group plain and painted pumpkins in the fireplace for a chic living room display.

What you'll need: painter's tape ($6, ), spray paint ($4, )

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Matthew Benson
Recycle a Picture Frame.

Fall foliage looks sleeker on your door than scattered across the lawn. This wreath's changes up an otherwise traditional fall decoration.

What you'll need: waxed floral wire ($3, ), picture frame ($9, )

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Raymond Hom
Try a Pumpkin Vase.

There's a secret to this squash centerpiece. Hollow out the gourd, then hide a water-filled vase inside for long-lasting blooms. Stud mini pumpkins with brass tacks for an extra pop.

What you'll need: vase ($12, ), thumb tacks ($5, )

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Michael Partenio
Light Up the Porch.

Pave the way for trick-or-treaters with a set of planters modeled after the falling leaves. Follow the free template for goof-proof carving.

What you'll need: painter's tape ($6, ), faux leaves ($19, )

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My Poppet Makes
Fold Paper Pumpkins.

Origami novices, don't panic. There's a video tutorial that explains each step between paper and pumpkin.

What you'll need: origami paper ($14, ), twine ($6, )

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Kate Mathis
Brew Some Potions.

Vintage apothecary bottles serve double-duty as vases for dried blooms.

What you'll need: fall flowers ($12, ), glass bottles ($30, )

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John Kernick
Create a Pumpkin Village.

Some smart carving lights up a Halloween town from the inside out. Bonus points if you paint a miniature replica of your own home.

What you'll need: X-Acto knife ($4, ), black paint ($5, )

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Erin Phraner
Weave a Spider's Web.

Wrap up your own Halloween wreath with black yarn and add some creepy creatures for extra spook.

What you'll need: crow ($6, )

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Between Naps On the Porch
Make Bats Fly.

Well, not real bats. Create a scene of eerie, paper versions with this simple DIY.

What you'll need: black felt ($6, ), black duct tape ($8, )

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Handmade Mood
Stack Odds and Ends.

Draw the eye up on your fireplace mantel by decorating with found objects — this blogger already had plenty of Harry Potter décor lying around.

What you'll need: birdcage ($29, ), fake skull ($13, )

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Joyful Scribblings
Hang Jack-O-Lanterns.

Play a trick on your guest's eyes by dangling from a .

What you'll need: fishing line ($4, ), Halloween pumpkins ($8, )

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Julie Blanner
Repurpose a Stylish Skull.

They're way less scary when you top 'em with a flower or plant.

What you'll need: gold skull ($12, )

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All Things Heart & Home
Send a Spooky Message.

Set against mums, pumpkins and bales of hay, a is a not-so-frightening way to ring in the holiday.

What you'll need: banner ($11, ), fall wreath ($27, )

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Design Improvised
Line Up the Spiders.

Frankly, spiders are only welcome around the house when they're in the form of an adorable, fuzzy garland.

What you'll need: black pipe cleaners ($5, ), twine ($7, )

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Anna & Blue
Go Dark.

Sure, orange and black is a classic Halloween color combo — but think outside of the box. This purple and black vignette is just as spooky.

What you'll need: feather wreath ($20, ), purple candle ($8, )

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Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer
Add Funky Patterns.

Anything unexpected is acceptable in October. This blogger used a as part of her decorating scheme, which still looks cute after the 31st.

What you'll need: lamp shade ($20, ), spray paint ($4, )

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The Jungalow
Recruit a Black Cat.

Justina Blakeney's tablescape stuck features a black color scheme with pops of deep red and orange. Adding a little poison (fake, of course!) and a signature makes for a chilling look.

What you'll need: cat statue ($25, ), spray paint ($4, )

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Home Is Where the Boat Is
Dress Up a Basic Tablecloth.

A offers a country-chic look to a casual Halloween party.

What you'll need: tablecloth ($11, ), black mugs ($25, )

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A Beautiful Mess
Display Lacey Ghosts.

Do you have a friendly ghost in your house? Tease him out of hiding by hanging these familiar balls of lace.

What you'll need: foam balls ($7, ), white yarn ($6, )

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Oh My! Creative
Craft a Rustic Sign.

This witchy wooden craft is perfect if you adore farmhouse style — even on Halloween.

What you'll need: black paint ($5, ), chain ($12, )

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Lauren Kelp
Mix Candlesticks and Pumpkins.

A tablescape filled with colorful gourds and looks even more vibrant when placed in front of an all-white background.

What you'll need: gold candles ($13, ), bat decals ($6, )

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Jolly Mom
Light Up the Stairs.

Cover cans in a bit of black paint, and poke holes to create a message fit for your Halloween-loving house guests.

What you'll need: foam brush ($4, ), black paint ($5, )

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House By Hoff
Celebrate the Date.

This cute collection takes literal Halloween decor and adds in unexpected fun pieces (note the blue branches).

What you'll need: chalkboard paint ($11, ), turquoise paint ($8, )

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Design Improvised
Send a Clear Message.

The first thing trick-or-treaters see is your door mat. Give them a little thrill while they're waiting for you to answer with candy.

What you'll need: door mat ($13, ), letter stencils ($10, )

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I Dig Pinterest
Spell It Out.

Sometimes you just have to spell it out for them, you know?

What you'll need: decoupage glue ($5, ), upholstery tacks ($10, )

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Jennifer Perkins
Use Paper Lanterns.

These big spheres take your porch to the next level for Halloween.

What you'll need: orange lanterns ($5, )

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House By Huff
Repurpose Yard Sale Finds.

After this blogger found vintage records with orange labels at a garage sale, she knew they would be the perfect for the holiday.

What you'll need: cloche ($26, ), scrapbook paper ($5, )

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